Appointment of three Non-Executive Directors to the Western Health and Social Care Trust

Date published: 23 December 2015


Health Minister, Simon Hamilton today announced the appointment of three Non-Executive Directors to the Western Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts.

Public Appointments

The appointments are: Mr. Joseph Campbell as Non–Executive Director with Financial Experience for the period 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2019; Mrs. Mary Woods as a Lay Non-Executive Director for the period 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2019; and, Dr. George McIlroy as a Lay Non-Executive Director for the period 7 December 2015 to 6 December 2019.   

The appointments and extension of the term of appointment were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 

The HSC Trusts were established as statutorily separate organisations within the HSC family, responsible for the delivery of responsive and effective health and care services and for the ownership and management of hospitals and other establishments and facilities.  They provide health and social care services against Ministerial priorities, standards and targets.  Services are provided as specified in contracts with the commissioners of health and care services, namely the Health and Social Care Board.  This may include Trusts exercising certain statutory functions, principally in the field of social services, on behalf of the HSC Board.  Although Trusts are statutorily separate organisations, they are an integral part of the HSC and are expected to deliver against an agenda set by the Minister and performance managed by the Department and HSC Board.

Each HSC Trust is managed directly by a board of directors which has corporate responsibility for its operation.  A board is made up of five Executive Directors, seven Non-Executive Directors and a Non-Executive Chair.  

Notes to editors: 

1. The rate of remuneration payable for these appointments is £7,960 per annum for a time commitment of 1 day per week.   

2. The appointments were made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.  There are no specific qualifications for appointment. 

3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published.  All three appointees declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.


4. Joseph Campbell - Mr. Campbell is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was the City Treasurer of Derry City Council until November 2013 and held the position of Chair of the Association of Local Government Finance Officers. He is currently an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Special European Programme Body and also Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People. He is Chair of the Board of Governors of Belmont Nursery School and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Long Tower Primary School.

5. Mary Woods - Mary retired from the Boots Company in 2014 after a career which spanned 34 years. She originally joined Boots as a Pharmacist and thereafter joined the Management team and held various management positions in Northern Ireland culminating in the position of Head of Region, Ireland. Since leaving Boots Mary has been working as a self employed Consultant specialising in Leadership mentoring, Leadership training and Conflict Resolution through Mediation. She is also a member of the Solicitors tribunal.   Mary is a native of Co Fermanagh.

6. Samuel George McIlroy -  Samuel lives in Belfast.  Dr McIlroy is a former Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, DARD, with responsibility for Veterinary policy and Head of the FMD (foot and mouth) command centres in 2001.  He was also Chief Scientific Officer and a Member of the DARD Departmental Board and chaired the Project Team to establish the new Institute, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and became CEO of the organisation on its establishment.  Dr McIlroy is currently a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority, a Trustee of the National Museums Northern Ireland and an Independent Member of the TB Strategic Partnership Advisory Board to the DARD Minister.  He also holds a number of voluntary positions as an elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology; an elected Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a long-standing Volunteer for Tearfund Northern Ireland and is Business Development Manager of Come to Life Drama Ministries.

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